Stony Brook Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

Campers investigating soil

Campers ages 4 to 15 discover our wildlife sanctuary’s forest, fields, and wetlands during weekly sessions. Age-appropriate activities deepen campers’ knowledge and awareness of nature as they return throughout the summer and years. Each one-week session has a different theme to investigate. 

Trail explorations, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and more provide full ecosystem immersion for an enhanced learning experience, while small group sizes ensure a welcoming, supportive environment. 

Camp Hours

  • Half-Day: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (Discoverers)
  • Full-Day: 9:00 am–3:30 pm
  • After Camp Option: 3:30–6:00 pm (Full-Day Campers)

Half-Day Themed Sessions | Full-Day Themed Sessions
Specialty Sessions | Counselors-in-Training


Half-Day Themed Sessions • Ages 4–5

2019 Themes: World Traveler | Scales, Slime, & Slither | Crazy Chemistry | Drip-Drop | Shark Jaws & Dino Claws | Crafty by Nature | Insectopia | Rockin’ Party | Camp Rewind

Discoverers (ages 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Young children are naturally curious about the outdoors, eager to see a turtle, smell a flower, feel the cool underside of a log, and search for animal homes in the woods. Discoverers are introduced to plants and animals through outdoor explorations, crafts, games, songs, and stories.


Full-Day Themed Sessions • Ages 5–10

2019 Themes: World Traveler | Scales, Slime, & Slither | Crazy Chemistry | Drip-Drop | Shark Jaws & Dino Claws | Crafty by Nature | Insectopia | Rockin’ Party | Camp Rewind

Wanderers (ages 5–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Wanderers learn about Stony Brook’s many ecosystems and what may be found within them. Simple observations and investigations build a foundation of interest and desire to learn more in years to come. Wanderers begin their initiation into the natural world through short hikes, hands-on activities, and creative endeavors.

Ramblers (ages 7–8)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Ramblers conduct ecosystem investigations at Stony Brook. On daily outings, they use their senses to identify familiar species of plants and animals. Ramblers are encouraged to explore their own areas of interest and further develop their social skills as they participate in activities, games, and crafts.

Explorers (ages 9–10)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Explorers study their surrounding environment in depth, learning about complex ecological concepts. This group explores the far reaches of Stony Brook as they participate in activities, games, and crafts.


Specialty Sessions • Ages 9–15

Delve deeper into art or science with programs designed for older campers. Some sessions include an optional overnight.

It’s Art, Naturally
July 1–5 • Ages 11–13
Be inspired by the natural beauty at Stony Brook. Using drawing materials, cardboard, papier-Mache, and recycled and found objects, create functional and decorative masterpieces of all shapes and sizes. No camp on July 4.

Raiders of the Lost Artifact
July 8–12 • Ages 9–11
Wow, that was close! Watch out as we scavenge Stony Brook to find the lost artifact. It could be gold, beautiful gems or even ancient ruins! You won’t know unless you come for this week packed with excitement and adventure! This program includes an optional overnight.

Science on the Sanctuary
July 15–19 • Ages 11–13
Who knew that studying the ecosystems at Stony Brook could be so fun! Venture into the science behind the sanctuary’s research programs. Activities will include dragonfly mark and recapture, turtle and wetland surveys, biodiversity- and conservation-based games, and more!

Get Lost
July 22–26 • Ages 12–14
Head out to the forest and navigate your way around. Learn to use a compass, make your own treasure map, and learn to survive in the wilderness. At the end of the week put your skills to the test on our orienteering course. Will you find you your way, or will you GET LOST . . . This program includes an optional overnight.

Nature Magic
July 29–August 2 • Ages 9–11
Why does skunk cabbage smell? How do fireflies glow? Explore these and other mysteries of the natural world. Make your own magic by creating a glow-in-the-dark fountain and other perplexing potions. This program includes an optional overnight.

Outdoor Leaders
August 5–9 • Ages 13–15
Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Challenge yourself to find out! Develop your leadership skills while having fun with time-honored camp activities. Develop a community service project and kid-friendly nature activities that will prepare you to become a Counselor–in–Training (CIT). On Thursday afternoon, take a trip to the Norton Reservoir to kayak and enjoy dinner and a campfire with staff.


Counselors-in-Training • Ages 15–17

Experience the fun, challenges, and rewards of camp as you assist Stony Brook camp counselors. Participants will gain valuable leadership skills and participate in the planning of weekly camper activities, such as nature projects, crafts, songs, and games. 

An application is required. For more information or to request an application, contact the Camp Director or call 508–528–3140 x7122.


Optional After Camp Program

Available July 15–August 9 (3:30–6:00 pm)

This optional extended-day program is available to all full-day campers. Participants will be provided with a snack and enjoy additional crafts, hikes, or games. 

Pre-registration is required. Select desired dates for this program during checkout when enrolling online.


Overnight Camp at Wildwood

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Is your child ready to try an overnight camp experience? Check out Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, located in Rindge, NH! With outdoor exploration programs for youths ages 9–17, Wildwood is the perfect next step for your day camp-lover.


What Others Are Saying

“I can’t imagine sending my child anywhere else. It is exactly what a summer camp should be!”

“We absolutely love this camp and refer others all the time!”

“My son will be coming back for years to come; he’s even already hoping to become a counselor someday.”